CMAE1558 Motor Control

This course introduces the learner to motor control components and provides them with a basic knowledge of control circuitry. The learner will build on his/her experiences from Basic Electricity by designing, building, and troubleshooting more complex circuits. Devices such as contactors, motor-starters, relays, timers, mechanical, and proximity switches are used. Electronic motor controls and programmable devices such as variable frequency drives are introduced in this course.




CMAE1552 or equivalent course

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Demonstrate the ability to identify, select and install the correct devices for the control of machine operations
Identify control circuit and logic symbols and implement appropriate documentation procedures
Compare the design and operation of various motors
List the conditions of starting and stopping, speed control, and protection of electric motors
Draw the wiring diagram symbols and explain the operation of various pilot devices including push buttons, pressure switches, float switches, flow switches, limit switches, and temperature switches
Develop a schematic and a wiring diagram to obtain a specific control function, connect the circuit, test and troubleshoot the circuit
Describe motor maintenance practices

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details